Whimsical Backyard Wedding
Looking at Cathy’s smile beaming with glee warms up my heart, but that’s one just of the many reasons I fell in love with this wedding. Charming, heartfelt and fun, Cathy and Brent’s wedding is the whole package. And when Jonathan Ong is the photographer, I had no doubt in my mind the images would tell the story better than anyone else could put into words. This wedding is dripping with inspiration, so let’s get started:
From the bride, Cathy: We wanted it to be relaxed, filled with music and colour, and to have a ‘festival’ feel. We wanted lots of colour, based around a teal, pink, yellow theme. Details in twine and paper, with paper aeroplanes used throughout the decorations and stationery. Everything was DIY – the stationary (Brent and I), decorations (my sister, mum and I), wooden benches (made by my step-dad), food (catered by my step-aunt), music (friends), desserts (friends), wedding cake (my bridesmaid). It took a LOT of love and time from our families to make it look so amazing on the day!
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Start any DIY projects as soon as possible! All those ‘little’ details take longer than planned and add up to a lot of time when you try and finish them all in the days before the wedding. Also, relax! Everyone is going to have an amazing time because they love you and are just so pleased to be there to see you get married.
Bridal Processional: “Such Great Heights,” Iron and Wine (sung by a friend)
Processional: A bluegrass arrangement of Queen’s “You’re My Best Friend” (sung by my bridesmaids)
Ceremony: “With a Song in my Heart,” Ella Fitzgerald (performed by my sisters)
Recessional: “Something in the Water,” Brooke Fraser
Wedding Location: Gippland, Victoria, Australia / Wedding Photographer: Jonathan Ong / Wedding Venue: Private Residence / Event Design and Headpiece: A Home For Tandy / Wedding Flowers: Sugarbee Flowers / Wedding Dress: Annah Stretton “Didion Rose” / Wedding Shoes: Liebling / Bridesmaids’ Dress: Retrospec’d / Wedding Caterer: Bride’s Step-Aunt / Wedding Cake: Friends / Wedding Invitations: Bride and Groom